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ES5 vs. UE reference vs. JH vs. any other

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I am planing on getting a pair of custom IEMs for sub-$1000, and I've been looking into Westone and UE, wondering if anyone has experience with them or any other great customs. So, looking for your suggestions. THX

 

I listen to almost everything, piano, rock, vocal, metal, pop, jazz...... Therefore, I guess something really balance would be great.

 

RM

post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 

Please guy, help me?

post #3 of 12

Do a search on those models under $1,000

 

While I am a big JH Audio fan, their high end stuff (JH13, JH16) goes over $1,000.  Westone ES5 might be the best value for a truly premium sounding custom at $850.  It has amazing clarity and detail with a somewhat forward midrange. 

post #4 of 12
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Do a search on those models under $1,000

While I am a big JH Audio fan, their high end stuff (JH13, JH16) goes over $1,000.  Westone ES5 might be the best value for a truly premium sounding custom at $850.  It has amazing clarity and detail with a somewhat forward midrange. 

I did some research, that es5 would give me the warmest sound out all of them but relatively bass-light. But still wondering is the mid would be too aggressive. Also, while you are talking about JH I think I can break the budget limit a little, can you give me some suggestions on JH? I'm not a basshead and mostly looking for bright high and thick and warm mid while not too aggressive. THANK YOU
post #5 of 12

I ordered the 13s but you may prefer the 16 if bass is your thing. There's 15% off for a couple more days. I think headphone addict has a new freqphase 16 review here somewhere.

post #6 of 12

I have the UERM and though it does have the bright highs you want, and neutral bass, its sound signature is not thick at all.

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
How is the vocal performance on UERM. Also, how do they perform in terms of soundstage and locating the sounds? Thank you!!!!
post #8 of 12

You might want to read average_joe's review of the UERM.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank for all of you guys, I think I am getting ES5. Will post unboxing pics and basic impression once I get them and burn them in for a bit!!!

 

Happy New Year!!!!!

post #10 of 12

Hard to go wrong here.bigsmile_face.gif

post #11 of 12

facing the same dilemma..

post #12 of 12

UE Reference(flat, analytical) > ES5(more fun, great midrange and overall detail and clarity)> JH (richer thicker fuller funner sound)

 

General guideline....JH Audio also has flat analytical offerings.

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